1,600-meter relay mark rescinded

Aug. 12, 2008 at 3:53 PM

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The international body governing track and field has rescinded a 1,600-meter relay record set in 1998 and restored a mark set in 1993 as the world record.

The record was returned to U.S. runners Andrew Vlamon, Quincy Watts, Harry Reynolds and Michael Johnson, who ran a 2:54.29 on Aug. 22, 1993, in a meet in Germany.

The International Association of Athletics Federations disqualified a mark of 2:54.20 set in July 1998 after a member of the team admitted to doping violations.

Antonio Pettigrew, Jerome Young, Tyree Washington and Johnson set the 1998 record, but Pettigrew has since admitted to using human growth hormone and erythropoietin from 1997-2003. The IAAF on Tuesday said it was disallowing the record the foursome had set.

Pettigrew was on the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team that won the gold medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, another result that has been wiped out because of Pettigrew's doping admissions.

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